The pandemic transformed the behavioral health landscape as many new digital and options were touted as pandemic-friendly, safer ways for people in need to access treatments and services from home. As we emerge from the pandemic, this trend shows no signs of slowing down, and digital solutions are now a here-to-stay solution to the increased need for mental health services.
Even more importantly than just accessing care from their homes, patients have more options for choosing their own care than ever before. According to Miranda Wilson, Freespira’s Senior Director of Patient Engagement and Experience, patients find it empowering to be actively engaged in their own healthcare decisions. They find it liberating to have the option of adding a medication-free treatment option as an alternative to tele-consults with a physician or app-based psychotherapy.
Patients love that Freespira has a clinical team that authorizes the FDA-cleared digital therapeutic; meaning they don’t need to schedule appointments with a doctor or therapist; or even leave their home to get started.
We tell them, “You can do this on your own, but you’re not alone. We’re here to help,” says Wilson.
Freespira patients take 17-minutes, twice a day breathing sessions. Each patient also has a coach to guide them throughout the 28-day treatment. The coaches are critical because they help patients to celebrate when they make progress and motivate them to continue on their journey when they may feel uncertain of what value lies ahead.
The coaches do much more than just checking in – or checking off the box that patients completed their daily sessions. The coaches remind patients of their “why,” and the intrinsic motivations that drove them to begin the Freespira treatment in the first place. For many patients, being reminded that their families and friends are also impacted by their reduced quality of life, serves as the much-needed push to stick with the treatment. For others, reminding them about goals like boarding a plane again or driving on the highway or over a bridge provides the impetus to move forward.
The coaches remind patients of their “why,” and the intrinsic motivations that drove them to begin the Freespira treatment in the first place.
Lastly, the coaches care about more than just the clinical metrics. They care about patients returning to doing more of the little things that their panic attacks or PTSD symptoms were preventing them from doing. The coaches know that little things add to the big things – and to helping patients live better, fuller lives for years to come.
Do these patient perspectives resonate with you? Learn more about Freespira, a first-in-class FDA-cleared, medication-free digital therapeutic indicated for treatment of panic attacks and PTSD, by contacting us today.
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